Serious Charges Require Serious Representation
New York has a lot of government and state resources that are put into investigating homicides. This means that you need a tough litigator to defend your rights. Sapone & Petrillo, LLP, has worked with clients facing the most complex cases. When you retain our team as your representation, you can expect honest, professional service. We can explain your options and fight for your future as you move forward.
Consulting Experts Is Often Necessary
If convicted of homicide, murder or manslaughter, you could be facing life in prison. Having a lawyer who can effectively defend against these prosecutions could be life-changing. To get started, we take the time to consult with the necessary experts. On our team, we have a medical examiner who is a forensic pathologist. We have worked with criminalists, blood splatter experts, fingerprint experts, psychologists and videographers. We make sure no stone is left unturned.
Building A Defense Strategy Unique To Your Case
There are many different types of defense we can use, and it all depends on the specifics of your case. First of all, we could say that the state has the wrong person. We offer an alternative theory showing that someone else is in fact responsible. Another possibility is using mens rea. This means that you never intended on killing this person and maybe just wanted to hurt them. Others use the insanity plea. This means showing the court that you couldn’t understand your actions or the consequences of your actions.
In certain cases, we use examples of extreme emotional disturbance. For example, say you found out your spouse was cheating. You get so angry and go into a rage. This emotion drove your actions. The cause of death is also important. We can show that nothing you did actually caused the person to die. Self-defense, of course, is another option. If you genuinely feared your life was in danger, it is imperative that you got out and made sure you were OK. We must then show that you were scared of this person and their ability to kill, inure or rape you. Regardless of what the reason is, our team will do everything we can to fight these accusations.